University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameThangka
Object Number:51-41-11
Current Location: Collections Storage
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Period: 18th Century
Date Made: 17th Century - 18th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 17th Century - 18th Century
Iconography:Amitayus Buddha
Sita Samvara
High Lama
Buddhist Symbols
Inscription Language:Tibetan Language
Height: 191.13 cm
Width: 109.54 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Schuyler V. R. Cammann, 1951
Other Number:6-1959-3 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number


Painting. The seated central figure is probably Amitayus, the name given to Amitabha (Buddha of Infinite Light) in his role of Bestower of Longevity. To the lower left is the goddess Ushnishavijaya, the goddess of the ushnisha (the protuberance on the skull of the Buddha which symbolizes intelligence). To the lower right is one of the Taras, a popular goddess in the Lama pantheon. In the bottom center is Mahakala, god of wealth and special protector of the Mongolian Buddhists, embracing his sakti consort. Toward the top Naropa, Sita Samvara, and a high lama incarnation are depicted. There is an inscription in Tibetan below. The thangka is mounted in Ming Dynasty cloud-woven silk and 17th century early Qing Dynasty tribute silks (red and gold). The Thangka is dedicated to the longevity of Blo bzang 'jam dbyangs rgya mtsho in the Fire-dragon year either 1785 (Chinese) or 1797 (Tibetan). The back is sheer golden silk with Buddhist symbols in tie dye.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Lang, Stephen A., and White, Joyce C. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. Kowloon. Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd. Vol. 38. no. 5. pg. 96-110 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 103, Fig. 45View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 51View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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